My training in stress and coping research began at McGill University where I completed a BSc in Psychology. My honours thesis work examined the role of personality, stress appraisal, and coping in psychological and physiological reactions to stress.  In 2012, I joined the team at the Centre for Health and Coping Studies as a graduate student in the health psychology program at UBC.  Since then I have been involved in several projects examining how couple and family dynamics influence and are influenced by chronic stress and illness. 

I am interested in understanding the interpersonal processes surrounding how people come together to cope with stress and maintain their health and wellbeing. Much of my work takes a dyadic approach to coping, using data collected from both members of a couple to examine the ways in which partners influence each other throughout the coping process. I am interested in how couples cope with chronic illness as well as how they can encourage the prevention of illness and the maintenance of adaptive health behaviours.

   Publications          

            Stephenson, E., DeLongis, A., Steele, R., Cadell, S., Andrews, G., & Siden, H. (2016). Siblings of children with a complex chronic health condition: Maternal posttraumatic growth as a predictor of changes in child behavior problems. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw053. http://jpepsy.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/jsw053?ijkey=tDh4QyD0GNOgyam&keytype=ref 

Stephenson, E., King, D. B., & DeLongis, A. (2016). Coping Process. In G. Fink (Ed.), Stress: Concepts and Cognition, Emotion, and Behavior (pp. 359-364). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.

Pow, J., King, D. B., Stephenson, E., & DeLongis, A. (2016). The impact of daily occupational stress on sleep among shift workers: Social support as a buffer. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.  doi: 10.1037/a0040107.

Stephenson, E., DeLongis, A., Esdaile, J. M., & Lehman, A. J., (2014) Depressive symptoms and rheumatoid arthritis: Spouse empathic responding as a buffer. Arthritis Care and Research, 66(4), 532–541. doi: 10.1002/acr.22161. PDF

Rosberger, Z., Krawczyk, A., Stephenson, E., & Lau, S. (2014). HPV vaccine education: Enhancing knowledge and attitudes of community counselors and educators. Journal of Cancer Education, 29(3), 273-277. doi: 10.1007/s13187-013-0572-z

Krawczyk, A., Stephenson, E., Perez, S., Lau, E., & Rosberger, Z. (2013). Deconstructing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) knowledge: Objective and perceived knowledge in males’ intentions to receive the HPV vaccine. American Journal of Health Education, 44, 26–31.

Presentations:

Stephenson, E., Hope, S., & DeLongis, A. (upcoming, January, 2017). Stress, coping, and divorce: Findings from a prospective study of stepfamilies. Poster presentation at the seventh Dyadic Coping Conference, Milan, Italy.

 Stephenson, E. & DeLongis, A. (July, 2016). Couples coping with stress: A prospective study of stepfamilies. Oral presentation at the International Association for Relationship Research Conference, Toronto, ON.

Stephenson, E., Herriot, H., &, DeLongis, A. (abstract, 2014). Daily Dyadic Coping Predicts Changes in Marital Adjustment Among Couples in Stepfamilies Across 2 Years.  <Link>European Health Psychologist, 16 (935).